I admit that I have a problem. I like golf equipment. I mean, I really, really, really like new clubs.
In some ways, that might be the hardest part of living in Minnesota. As new equipment starts to trickle out in the fall and flooding out in February or so, I have a hard time not wanting try out new sticks and (of course) buy some.
The problem with that is that it isn’t exactly a prudent move to buy clubs in the dead of the winter. I haven’t played in months, there is rust on my swing and I think it is hard to make a truly intelligent choice. I appreciate the technology that is in launch monitors and simulators, but I do also like to see what how the ball flies off the club in real conditions. Does it balloon or flatten out? What really happens in windy conditions?
I have been really good this winter and spring. Amazingly good. I have yet to hit any of the new drivers. Oh I have looked at them at both Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith. I have checked out the white TaylorMade R11. I have lusted over how great the new Titleist drivers look, I like how one of the new Adams drivers look. And it goes on from there.
But while I haven’t hit a driver, I seem to roll a few putts every time I’m in there. The one putter I keep going back to is the new Nike Method Core 4i.
I liked the original Method putters when they came out a year ago, but I didn’t like the $250 price tag. I already have one Scotty Cameron that I’m not using right now, I don’t need another high priced putter.
But the Method Core is more of a mass produced putter, it has a much better price point with a street price of about $129 or so, but it still seems to put a good role on the ball. The grooves on the face do seem to help put a good roll on the ball (at least inside). And I also like that the Method Core has a face-balanced, center-shafted model — key for a guy who likes to go straight back and straight thru like I do.
So last week, Golfsmith is running a deal in which I could save $20 on that putter. I seriously considered it. Very seriously. I even went out at lunch to roll a few more putts with it.
But amazingly, I didn’t buy it. I think it kind of clicked that it might not be bad to putt it outside on greens that aren’t in mid-April shape. I realized that there will be another sale, there is my club’s pro shop and there is eBay.
So I didn’t buy the putter. I walked out of Golfsmith without making a single purchase.
Rare restraint. Very rare restraint and a little bit of patience.